2nd semester Thursday morning                                                            (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

Luke-Acts takes the reader from the annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist through to the ministry of Paul in Rome. In the decades after the death of Jesus the early Christian movement spread to the heart of the empire, and the acceptance of Gentiles into the community of believers was a source of debate. This unit will undertake the study of the origin, nature and distinctive theology of Luke-Acts, illustrated by means of an exegetical and thematic study of selected texts from the Gospel and Acts. Attention will be paid to the ways in which Luke makes use of the historiographical techniques of the period and the role played by the speeches in Luke-Acts as a means interpreting the deeper meaning of these events.
PREREQUISITES

Level 2: BA1000Y and BN1000Y or equivalent

Level 3: BA1000Y and BN1000Y plus two units in Field B at level two

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive theology of Luke-Acts
  2. discuss the context in which this theology arose
  3. engage in an exegesis of various texts making use of appropriate methodologies
  4. assess the complex nature of the relationship of the synoptic gospels by the exegesis of specific passages
  5. evaluate the significance of the material that is unique to Luke

Level 3

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the distinctive theology of Luke-Acts
  2. exhibit an appreciation of the context in which this theology arose and the ways in which it addresses the challenges faced by Luke’s community
  3. exegete selected texts making use of appropriate methodologies
  4. assess the complex nature of the relationship of the synoptic gospels by the exegesis of specific passages
  5. identify the material unique to Luke’s Gospel and critically appraise the ways in which these materials have been incorporated into Luke-Acts.

 

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 2000 word essay (40%); 3000 word essay (60%)

Level 3: Two 3000 word essays (50% each)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY  * = set texts recommended for purchase

Bovon, François. Luke 1. Luke 2. Luke 3. 3 vols. Hermeneia. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2002–2013.

*Byrne, Brendan. The Hospitality of God. Strathfield, NSW: St Pauls, 2000.

Fitzmyer, Joseph A. The Gospel According to Luke. 2 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1981/85.

Green, Joel B. The Gospel of Luke. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1997.

Johnson, Luke T. The Acts of the Apostles. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press. 1992.

*———.The Gospel of Luke. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.

Mullins, Michael. The Gospel of Luke: A Commentary. Dublin: Columba Press, 2010.

Pervo, Richard I. Acts: A Commentary. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 2009.

Witherington, Ben. The Acts of the Apostles. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

 

Lecturer:           CHRISTOPHER MONAGHAN CP